Kevin Fielder is a well-known information security professional, currently dividing his time between roles as a Chief Information Security Officer, start-up advisor, CrossFit/fitness coach and doting dad.
He has a strong technical background, but his passion lies with building high performing, diverse and resilient teams and of course resilient individuals!
Kevin has created and delivered highly successful, agile security strategies meeting the demands of global businesses. He excels in building and leading high performing teams and effectively engaging boards around cyber-risk and resilience. An experienced and dynamic information security professional, Kevin is also a board advisor to several organisations, an experienced speaker and an active member of the cyber security community promoting awareness, diversity and innovation.
His goal is to break out of the security ‘echo chamber’ and speak more broadly on critical topics around cyber and resilience.
Tim is a behavioural economist, BBC radio and TV presenter and award-winning Financial Times columnist. He offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humour and intelligence.
He has written eight books, including The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies in over 30 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series, More or Less, offers a genial smackdown of dubious statistics, while his BBC World Service radio series Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy was a critical success and iTunes-topper. His new podcast, Cautionary Tales, has also broken into the top ten on iTunes on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tim’s writing has won several prestigious awards, including the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006 and 2016), Science and Data Commentator of the Year (2018), Economics Commentator of the Year (2014), Society for Business Economists writing prize (2014) and the Royal Statistical Society prize for journalism (2015). He was awarded an OBE “for services to improving economic understanding” in the 2019 New Year honours.
Tim has also worked at Shell and the World Bank. He’s a member of Nuffield College, Oxford, and the only journalist to be an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He has given numerous invited lectures, including at the Royal Economic Society, Google, the Bank of England, PopTech, the Sydney Opera House and three times at TED. His TED talks alone have been viewed nearly 10 million times.
Katie Litchfield is the founder of WeQual. Driven by a determination to tackle the lack of diversity and equality in the leadership of the world’s biggest businesses and beyond, Katie has created a dynamic and well-respected company that is rapidly disrupting the status quo and changing the way multinationals think about organising their leadership.
In a little over a year since its inception, Katie developed WeQual into a multi-faceted vehicle to identify, encourage, engage, educate, mentor, showcase and champion the many talented women yet to reach C-suite level.
Beginning with a depth of knowledge gained from 20 years at the Financial Times (working closely with FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 senior leaders) Katie successfully launched the WeQual Awards, in London in 2019 and New York in 2020. Rising to the challenges created by the global pandemic and using them to her advantage, Katie switched the Americas Awards and London Awards 2020 online – orchestrating a global broadcast. Europe, Middle East, and Africa soon followed together with the Asia-Pacific WeQual Awards 2021. To date, WeQual Awards’ research operation and subsequent unique blind assessment process has unearthed a significant number of exceptionally talented businesswomen for WeQual’s executive judges to assess. Katie has continued to keep up the rapid expansion with the launch of WeQual Consulting, a groundbreaking portal that offers bespoke training, expert executive coaching, online development tools, expert tutorials, and lectures – everything a business leader needs to make the step up to executive level.
As an inspirational speaker herself, Katie followed WeQual Awards with the WeQual Speaker Bureau, an impressive roster of executive speakers chosen for their ability to inspire better, smarter, and more profitable ways of working, with a particular focus on diversity and equality. The Bureau, simultaneously, is a vehicle to promote and encourage WeQual Awards finalists: giving these future captains of industry a rare opportunity to develop vital leadership skills.
With WeQual’s core mission in mind – to bring equality and diversity to businesses worldwide – Katie is continuing the intense pace with the development of WeQual’s campaign to discover and develop the next BAME executives.
Mark Bateman has a unique way of engaging with audiences in a way that challenges, inspires and motivates.
The son of a preacher, Mark followed in his father’s footsteps until a career in technology unlocked his entrepreneurial nature. The result was a fast growth company running 24/7 with a global corporate client base. He sold the business in 2011 and has since devoted his time to working with senior leaders to unlock potential.
Mark has worked with hundreds of SME owners/directors to help them scale their businesses, improve work/life balance and ultimately, successfully exit.
His work with large corporations resulted in Mark joining WeQual Consulting as CEO. WeQual was founded to increase equality and diversity within the Executive Committees of the world’s largest companies. Deeply intuitive, and often called “Dr Truth” by those with whom he works, he has a knack of identifying the real barriers to achieving success at individual and organisational levels. He coaches senior executives, helps move senior leadership teams into high performance and is an excellent facilitator.
He has a Masters in Leadership Coaching & Mentoring, a Post Grad Diploma in Business Coaching & Mentoring, and post grad qualifications in human psychology. Mark has been fascinated by leadership his whole life and has written a book on the topic of disruptive leadership due to be printed later this year.
Mark has been married and divorced, has grown up children, has burnt out and recovered, grown a business, sold a business, succeeded and failed many times, and is passionately committed to helping others unlock their potential and achieve their ambitions. He is adept speaking in front of both small and large groups.
Mira Magecha is well known for being the Alternative Chief People Officer (CPO).
She is a huge advocate for enabling organisations through its People. She actively promotes People / HR teams as enablers rather than a ‘cost centre’. Mira is also a Non-Executive Director and Advisor for start-ups – whilst balancing life and staying sane as a want-to-be writer.
She is known for developing pragmatic, effective solutions for business problems. She is both highly commercial and technical – she is not your typical CPO.
Mira’s experience extends to leading, implementing, and supporting People functions in start-up, turnaround and transformation phases. She focuses on the importance of diversity, building highly effective teams across the business. Most recently leading the business through change and defining new organisational design, while negotiating a complex merger alongside the impact of COVID-19 on a global workforce.